Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, also known as “Zunar”, is facing nine simultaneous charges over tweets in February 2015 criticizing the judiciary.
If Zunar is convicted of more than one charge, he is likely to face a long term custodial sentence.
He has been charged under the Sedition Act, a colonial-era law that clamps down on freedom of expression under the guise of protecting national security and deterring racial or religious unrest.
Zunar has already been detained under this law, most recently in November, and five of his cartoon books have been banned by the Malaysian Government on the grounds that their content is “detrimental to public order”.
As a vocal critic of the government while at home and overseas, Zunar has also been banned from travelling as of October. This was something he was freely able to do, even after being charged. No lawful reason has been given.